The first ones!

Big Al1Big Al1 Senior MemberPosts: 6,814 Senior Member
This year! Stopped by my favorite LGS and found this neglected little ugly duckling, just looking for some TLC!



Mossberg Model 26 .22 single shot. Little rough on the outside, but the bore was bright and shiny. Just needs a rear sight, which I have. I'll probably do a quicky finish on the stock and scrub the metal good, but there is some pitting.

So next to it is another one that's been calling my name for a while. Mossberg 342B, .22 repeater. LGS said guy traded it because it needs a magazine, which I also have. Only thing wrong with the old magazine, was the screw holding the magazine catch was loose by about one turn, righty tighty and all worky! Feeds perfect. If they shoot half as good as my other Mossberg, they'll be great! Stock has been refinished, blue looks like new.


It was tacticool before tacticool was cool!!




Both for under $200.

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  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,079 Senior Member
    Those are great rifles.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
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  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 3,124 Senior Member
    The orphans have found a home:applause:

    Sako
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    My son thought the plastic folding forend on my auto loader (cant recall the model number) was tacticool. They are good rifles.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,394 Senior Member
    The sorta look Euro-French in a way, but a nice way. :guns: :guns:
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  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,627 Senior Member
    There is a mossy up here with your name on it Al.
    It had the funky stepped magazine.
    You'd probably get the gun for the cost of the mag.
    More nice acquisitions on your part.
    BTW saw one of those JW 15's up here.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 23,699 Senior Member
    Well, that explains my ears popping a couple of times due to sudden pressure change! :roll2: I like 'em both! I remember the 342B from way back. A NICE rifle!

    And, :yousuck:
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 6,814 Senior Member
    After a little research, the single shot was only made from 1939-1941. The 342 from about 1958-1970.
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 1,603 Senior Member
    Don't mean to hijack but I got a question about .22 bore. I looked in the bore of an old Springfield .22 single shot the other day. There was only a faint hint of rifling. Otherwise the bore was "shiny". Is that normal.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 9,713 Senior Member
    The rifling won't be very deep, and unless it's been bored out for some reason, I doubt there's a problem. Shiny is good. Hard to shoot out a .22 rifle bore, but what do I know.
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 9,713 Senior Member
    Test...trying to set my time correctly.
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,713 Senior Member
    From the distance before I clicked the photos, I was wondering if the thread was about sheds. "This is my first shed."
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 6,740 Senior Member
    That 26 looks like they were trying to produce a .22 training rifle for the French (MAS 36).

    A few years back I restored a tube-feeder for a friend that used the same action as that 342 (a 346K, I think it was). A bit of a strange action in that the bolt is not readily removed (gotta pull it out of the stock to remove that plastic end cap as I recall). Good thing we've got Bore Snakes!

    I've got to admit to having a soft spot for the ugly/cheapy .22's. Normally, price-point motivated engineering drives me up the wall, but there was a time when the market existed for a pretty huge industry to be supported by the notion of making sure kids learned how to shoot, regardless of economic circumstances, and the power of the round is such they didn't need a bank-vault action. That combination made for some interesting designs - like those.
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  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,251 Senior Member
    Nice .22s; as I've said before, you can't have too many of them.
    Yes, that 342 has some "French-ish" looks.... can't clearly define why. Got a 346b in custody from a friend (Same platform but tube-fed) and it's a nice, accurate shooter.
  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,332 Senior Member
    You are a compassionate man! The humanity!

    Off to the Brookings gun show this weekend. I'll check for homeless firearms there.
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  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,319 Senior Member
    I have an old Mosssberg 44USD peep sight target that is way more accurate than I am at 25 yards. The thing is homely and heavy (25” heavy barreled) but feed it CCI Standard velocity and do your part and it’s one jagged hole at 25 yards. BUT feed it high or hyper velocity ammo and it turns into an almost random generator. Enjoy the old Mossbergs and irons that today’s market seems to forget.
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 6,814 Senior Member
    NCFUBAR wrote: »
    I have an old Mosssberg 44USD peep sight target that is way more accurate than I am at 25 yards. The thing is homely and heavy (25” heavy barreled) but feed it CCI Standard velocity and do your part and it’s one jagged hole at 25 yards. BUT feed it high or hyper velocity ammo and it turns into an almost random generator. Enjoy the old Mossbergs and irons that today’s market seems to forget.

    I have a 340B with hooded front ghost ring and rear peep, and a 151M semi auto that won't even feed the first round of HV. With SV they are like you said, shooting ragged holes.
    I remember drooling over the Mossbergs in the Wards catalog when I was a kid.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,198 Senior Member
    I too love old .22LRs. I have three .22 Rifles as we speak. One is a spin off of a Mossberg made for Western Auto. Without looking I'll say it's a Model 25 tube mag. bolt gun. It is super accurate with plain jane irons, no aperture sight. I have a 2 year old Savage Mark II that's ok, but it has a scope. I can shoot the old Western Auto-Mossberg open sight almost as good as I can the scoped Savage.

    I also have a Ruger 10/22 but it doesn't get on the bus with either bolt gun accuracy wise.
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 9,713 Senior Member
    They're good rifles. A bunch of them had the folding-own fore-ends and finger grooved pistol grips, which is unusual for rifles of that era. Accurate!
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
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